Early in the Season

Here in Southwest Virginia, we are just starting to see some color in the trees and underbrush. Heck, the flowers on my patio are still going strong – lucky me! Β This past weekend I was able to spend some time on the bike, and on foot, and captured just a bit of our early color.


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Don’t you think that my freshly washed and waxed bike fits beautifully in with the fall colors?


After 2 months of riding in rain and on dirty roads, my sweet bike was long overdue for a clean up.

How is the seasonal change looking in your part of the world?

56 thoughts on “Early in the Season

  1. Yum, liquid color. Those leaves with the light coming from behind. I could gulp it up. I particular love the reds in that last shot! It’s a little bittersweet, this season. Heralding the end of summer, but also heralding my favourite time of year!

    • Hello Mike! Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments. I just got back from your blog and have to say I was enamored by the post about the Sequoias! Incredible!

  2. I love the translucence of the leaves – how did they get to this end of the season and not be nibbled, wind scouted, blighted or torn? I think it must be because you live in that magical place in the first photo πŸ™‚ Your bike always looks bright and shiny to me – now I’m wondering is that because I read blogs without my glasses on? πŸ˜€

    • How fun to just finish our skype session and see your comment here πŸ™‚ What a tremendous gift blogging has been, and continues to be!
      Thank you so much Pauline for your comments. I loved seeing you, and Siddy, and Orlando!

    • Imagine! France on the bike! How wonderful that would be!
      I’m just back from visiting your blog … those images of the water and reflectons are incredible. Such colors!

  3. I think your bike blends in beautifully with autumn colors. I like the autumn sunlight, it’s softer though it has some amount of sadness which makes me feel sad as well. I prefer Spring, to be honest.

    Have a nice day! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Klaudia. You are not alone in finding that fall is a bit of a sad time, where as Spring is a rebirth. Thankfully, fall gives us color and beauty none the less.

  4. Nice photos! I love the sun shining on and through those leaves. I’m in the Adirondacks, in upstate New York, and the colors are changing fast here, with lots of red!

    • Thank You! I am anxious to travel to your part of the country. I’ve never been but dearly want to see the Adirondacks! I’ll be that red is incredible!
      I just left your blog and loved today’s post and your words “This season, this moment, can’t be postponed. Autumn, the season, may last until December but the essence of fall in the North Country is ever so fleeting. So, I say to hell with those things I should be doing. This time, the β€œshoulds” will be trumped by the β€œwants” and β€œneeds!”
      Awesome!! Great attitude!

  5. Especially love the first one. Fall is definitely here in Northern Virginia ~ I could hear the leaves hitting the ground as I was walking our dog early this morning. Not looking forward to raking 😦

    • Oh my the raking! My home is surrounded by tall, old oaks and I’ve never seen the acorns drop like they have this year! Have you noticed that? Throughout the night, I hear them hitting the roof and rolling off.

  6. The leaves are starting to change early up here due to the seemingly cooler summer and it really should be a stunner year for images. I am surprised they are turning so early down there Laurie πŸ™‚ You have some great colors already and that bike looks really hard to wax with all that chrome πŸ™‚

    • I’ll look forward to seeing you post some great color images from your neck of the woods, Joe!
      and the waxing of the chrome? that took me a looonnnnnggggg time! Phew!

  7. Good gracious, those are some gorgeous photos . . . and your shiny bike is a perfect fit!

    The weather here in southern RI is pretty much the same as where you are. Just starting to see some color, and yet, my azalea bush keeps sprouting new flowers here and there, like little gifts each day.

    • Thank you, Tina. That first one has been a favorite and I’m so glad it turned out as well as it did.
      I can imagine just what it is that you don’t miss about the north!! Snow for one, but oh the leaf raking that I’ll be doing in about a month.

  8. I’m am often breathless, when I see, what you saw, through that magic lens of yours. But it’s never been more true than when I spotted your first photo on Facebook. I wanted to scream Hallelujah, and I almost never do that πŸ˜‰ I can’t honestly think of a worthy enough superlative that isn’t overused (especially by me). My good gosh LB !! Stunning. The sun shining through the golden leaves truly is the essence of Mother Nature’s need to lay down for a wee rest after spoiling us with summer sun and gorgeous gardens. I hope these colourful days of fall see you on that shiny bike of yours with a big smile on your face and camera around your neck. We are the benefactors of it, that’s for sure. xoxoxo

    • Hoping to get out on the bike this Sunday (If I can get all the chores done on Saturday). Thanks so much for catching up all of my blogs today. I know you’ve been swamped with work, and still getting everything settled in the house. The time you took to view my posts today is a gift to me, and your words, so meaningful!

Because Boomdee dared me: Lay a little sugar on me :-)

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